Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:57 - Updated Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:58
Government concludes cattle purchase program
Luanda - The Angolan authorities announced Monday that the emergency program for the voluntary purchase of weakened cattle heads in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila is already in its final phase.
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Cunene: Gado Fragilizado pela seca na província
Photo: José Cachiva
Norberto Pinto - Director general of the Institute of Veterinary Services
Photo: JOSÉ CACHIVA
The program, launched by the government last August, should begin operationalization as soon as the funds for the purchase of animals are available, a process that is expected to materialize in the coming weeks.
In the first phase, the program foresees the purchase of 1,200 heads of cattle from family farmers, weakened as a result of the severe drought in the southernmost provinces of the country, almost a year ago.
The cattle will be purchased with resources from the State General Budget, as stated by the Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Antonio Francisco de Assis, at the launch of the project.
According to the Institute of Veterinary Services (ISV), 60 percent of cattle (720 head) will be purchased in Cunene province, 20 percent (240 head) in Huila province and an equal number of heads in Namibe province.
According to the director general of the institute, Norberto Pinto, the project sets a minimum price of 100,000 kwanzas for each animal, to enable the breeder to buy basic necessities, create livelihoods for the animals and minimize the effects of drought.
He added that the largest percentage of animals to be sold came to Cunene, as the province with the highest concentration of animals, due to the transhumance process.
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